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Aftermath of violence

An encounter with violence will have effects and consequences, which may include a physical, emotional, and legal aftermath. Violence can be extremely traumatic and the effects can last long after the incident is over. Being aware of what we may expect and having resources to help us process and navigate the aftermath may reduce the severity of the impact on us after the event. It’s good to talk through what has happened to you, and know where you can get support.

We have put together a list of resources for support that you may find helpful.


  • Victim Support Scotland - Free and confidential support for anyone affected by crime.

    They have offices in Edinburgh and there’s lots of information on their website. They offer counselling and practical support (help with criminal injuries compensation, going to court with you etc)

  • Law Society of Scotland Can help you find a legal representative if needed

  • Edinburgh Women's Aid Support for women who have experienced domestic abuse

    National 24 hour Helpline: 0800 027 1234

  • Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre Offer free and confidential emotional and practical support, information and advocacy to women, all members of the trans community, non-binary people and young people aged 12-18 in Edinburgh, East and Midlothian, who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.

  • Police Scotland, Victim Support Services

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